Silverpoint is a drawing technique that was practiced extensively during the Renaissance period and requires a drawing implement of thin wire and a specially prepared ground. The method of using a fine piece of silver wire creates fine, detailed drawings on your prepared surface. At first, the line made by the wire appears grey in colour but over time, as the silver tarnishes it creates a warm, brown colour. A heavy weight, hot pressed water colour paper would be an ideal surface for Silverpoint. Your drawing surface must be primed with a special Silverpoint ground. Silverpoint does not work directly onto unprimed paper.